Lake District Activities and information for Keswick and the North Lakes

Below is a selection of website links to activities, information and eating places in and around the area. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Please browse the sites below:

Local Attractions and “Things To Do”
Theatre by the Lake – Keswick’s own award winning Theatre on the shores of Derwentwater
Honister Slate Mine – Via Ferrata, Underground Mine Tours and learn how slate is mined
Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest – Tree Top adventures for all, only a few miles from Keswick
Alhambra Cinema – Top Films and a quality traditional Cinema in Keswick
Keswick Museum – A gem of a museum showing the history of Keswick and its many artifacts
Keswick Launch – Lake cruises on Derwentwater, rowing boats and motor boat hire.
Keswick Climbing Wall – Indoor climbing and outdoor activities
Rheged – Large screen movies and many things to do, exhibitions, displays and shops. Well worth a visit
Keswick Golf Club Enjoy a round of golf on one of the UK’s most beautiful courses
The Cumberland Pencil Museum – The famous Keswick pencil museum
Osprey Watch – Keep in touch with our own nesting Osprey
The Puzzling Place – Where seeing is not always, believing

Local Restaurants – A selection of local eating places that we recommend
Morrels – A fine restaurant on Lake road. Modern style and great food – tel 017687 72666
Casa Bella – Family run Italian style restaurant specialising in freshly cooked pasta and pizza – tel 017687 75575
The George – Good Beer and good food – tel 017687 72076

Local Pubs & Bars
The George – Keswick’s oldest Inn. Good Beer and good food – tel 017687 72076

North Cumbria Festivals
Keswick Mountain Festival – Activity based Festival held in May. Film, Lectures, seminars and activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Keswick Beer Festival – Popular annual beer festival held at Keswick Rugby Club on the first weekend in June
Keswick Film Festival – A fantastic programme of film from around the world.
Words By The Water – Keswicks literature Festival based at The Theatre by the Lake
Keswick Jazz Festival – Famous festival brings Keswick alive attracting visitors from around the world
Keswick Convention – Keswick’s Christian Convention which has been taking place since 1875

Outdoor Activities – Guiding/Climbing/Scrambling/Cycling
Chase Adventure Centre – Organised activities for all grades in Climbing, Canoeing, Gyhll Scrambling etc.
More Than Mountains – Instruction in Climbing, Scrambling, Navigation, Guided Walks
Mobile Adventure – Keswick based Lake District Outdoor Activities to suit all grades and skill levels
Keswick Rambles – Daily walks from Keswick. See website for full details
The Lake District Walker – Based in Cockermouth and offering Guided Fell Walks in the Lake District
Pace the Peaks – Fell walking in the Lake District with Cathy Colam

Lake District Walking Routes and Photography Sites
Lake District Walks – Lake District walks and photos of Keswick area and others.
Trekking BritainInteresting walk routes and images from around the UK
mywainwrights – Photographic walking journal of the Lake District, North Pennines & Snowdonia
Mad About Mountains – Photo images of Lake District fells
Sharp Edge Images – Talented Keswick based photographer Stuart Holmes with work around the World

Official Tourist Information Sites
The Official Keswick Website – Keswick.org – Keswick Tourism Association, Accommodation, Walking Routes, Activities, Attractions, Adventure, Travel Timetables, What to see and What to do, and much more.
Lake District National Park Authority – Official Site for LDNPA
Cumbria TourismRegional tourist board web site for the Lake District and the whole of Cumbria
Visit Britain – Official site for all tourism businesses in Britain
Visit England – Accommodation and visitor attractions in England
The National Trust – Information on National Trust land & properties in the Lake District and the whole of Britain

Lake District Travel
Bus & Train – Getting to Keswick and getting around by Bus and Train. All the timetable information
Penrith to Keswick by Bus – Link to the timetable for the X5 Bus route
Traveline – Getting around Cumbria by Bus or Train. Usefull routeplanner here.
Davies Taxis – Reliable Taxi service based in Keswick
Trainline – Travel to and from Keswick by Train via Penrith. See timetable and buy tickets here on trainline.com.
National Rail Enquiries – Search routes and time tables anywhere in the UK
National Express – Nationwide Coach service in and out of the North Lakes
Virgin Trains – Rail tickets and timetables for the west coast main line